MOUNTAIN COMMUNITY THEATER PRESENTS
9 TO 5, THE MUSICAL
Music and Lyrics by Dolly Parton
Book by Patricia Resnick
Directed by Daria E. Troxell
Music Direction by Nicki Kerns
Choreography by Whitney James-Heskett
Live on stage at Ben Lomond’s Park Hall, September 22 – October 21
Mountain Community Theater is proud to present 9 TO 5, THE MUSICAL, with music and lyrics by Dolly Parton and book by Patricia Resnick. 9 TO 5, THE MUSICAL is directed by Daria E. Troxell, with music direction by Nicki Kerns and choreography by Whitney James-Heskett. The production opens at Ben Lomond’s historic Park Hall on Friday, September 22, and continues on weekends through Saturday, October 21. Friday and Saturday performances are at 8:00 p.m. Sunday matinees are at 2:00 p.m. on October 1, 8, and 15. General Admission tickets are $25.00; student and senior tickets are $20.00. There will be a champagne reception after the show on opening night. Ladies’ Night is Thursday, September 28, with two tickets for $22.00. There will also be a special Talk Back with the Cast and Director after the Sunday matinee on October 1.
Set in 1979, this musical comedy of friendship and revenge in the Rolodex era is outrageous, thought-provoking and even a little romantic. Pushed to the boiling point, three female co-workers concoct a plan to get even with their sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical and bigoted boss, Franklin Hart, Jr. In a turn of events, Violet, Judy and Doralee manage to kidnap Hart and trap him in his own house, while assuming control of his department. The women work together to help improve both their personal and professional situations. But just how long can they keep him tied up?
The title song won a Grammy in 1982 for Best Country & Western Song. In 2008, the musical won the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle award for Best Musical Score, and in 2009 it was nominated for 4 Tony Awards, including Best Musical Score. The song “9 to 5” has become the working woman’s anthem. Patricia Resnick co-wrote the 1980 20th Century Fox film.
Advisory: This show is rated PG-13. Some content may not be appropriate for young children.
This will be Ms. Troxell’s fourth time directing for MCT. Previous directing credits include Young Frankenstein, It’s a Wonderful Life, RENT, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, High School Musical and Peter Pan. She is the resident director for Little Peoples’ Repertory Theatre (LPRT), for which she has directed seven productions, including this past summer’s production of Peter Pamilton. Early this year she directed “Counting Dogs Like Sheep” for the 2017 Santa Cruz Actors’ Theatre 8 Tens @ 8 Festival.
Nicki Kerns, music director, vocal coach and pianist, holds a piano performance degree from Dominican College and is currently working toward her master’s degree in music education. Her first show with MCT was Monty Python’s Spamalot; 9 TO 5, THE MUSICAL is her second show with MCT. Besides playing/music directing various shows in the area, Nicki is the music director/organist at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Santa Cruz, the accompanist for the choirs at SLVHS and SLVMS, the owner/piano instructor at Up Scale Music in Boulder Creek, and keyboardist for The Raytones.
This is Ms. James-Heskett’s third time working with MCT. Previous credits include MCT’s The Fantasticks and Young Frankenstein, LPRT’s productions of Alice’s Avengers in Underland and Cinderacula, and SLV High School’s Urinetown. She teaches at the Palomar Ballroom in Scotts Valley and Santa Cruz.
The cast features MCT favorites as well as new faces that we are proud to present to MCT audiences for the first time: MarNae Taylor (Violet Newstead), Sandi Lewandowski (Judy Bernly), Morgan Peters (Doralee Rhodes), W. Scott Whisler (Franklin Hart, Jr.), Sarah Marsh (Roz Keith), Maxwell Björk (Josh), Benjamin Canant (Joe), Bobby Gerbode (Dwayne), Phillip Heskett (Dick), Mary Ann LoBalbo (Missy Hart), Shannon Marie Kerr (Kathy), Amanda Payne (Maria), Jennie Edwards (Margaret), Jackson Wolffe (Tinsworthy), and ensemble members Kate Cunningham, Dave Halper, Mary Hanrahan, Scott Kravitz, Hayley Mears, Sally Munro, Alexie Sadri and Cassandra Stipes.
Mountain Community Theater (MCT) is the longest-running community theater in Santa Cruz County, started in 1982 by a collective of actors. MCT is a member-run non-profit organization that relies on support from its performances, season subscribers, and royalties from its own company-created script, Miracle on 34th Street, the Play. For more about MCT and its “Miracle,” visit https://mctshows.org/our-miracle/.